What does this R0 line mean? / HijackThis Log

Hi Friends

I have also found this R0 line on a HijackThis Log from a customer.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =

I know this is for Internet Explorers starting page and search assistant. But what does this line mean exactly? Where can I find more information’s about this line? Why is nothing behind the = ? I have also found some logs with Obfuscated. Is this Spyware? Because I have read this is a sign of spyware and difficult to remove such an infection.

Thank you very much
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awawadaAsked:
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torimarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you launch IE, and go to the Favorites menu, you will see a folder called "Links" in that menu. If you delete it, it will be recreated automatically.

That is what the registry entry:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\LinksFolderName

controls. If "LinksFolderName=Links" the folder will be recreated, if "LinksFolderName=" it will not be recreated.
This is a popular registry tweak: http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/detail/550/

"LinksFolderName=Links" is the default entry; as long as it is active, HJT does not include the key in its scan report. Once it is changed, HJT will report this.

You could easily let HJT fix the issue, but that may not be in the interest of your client if he/she intentionally applied this reg tweak.
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optomaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi.
Some info regarding HJT
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial42.html#RDiag

That line is ok to the best of my knowledge :)

Upload the log to Hijackthis.de to be analyzed and there is an info button beside each line.
http://www.hijackthis.de/


>Apart from that, machine behaving ok?
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FastSiCommented:
"HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =" with nothing after it I assume it means your browser is not starting with any addon toolbars, I get the same result with nothing after = iwhen I do a scan and mines clean.

not sure about the Obfuscated
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FastSiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hijack this is by trendmicro so could also post on http://community.trendmicro.com/t5/Malware-Discussions/bd-p/malware
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awawadaAuthor Commented:
@optoma
Hi optoma

after a long time. hope you are fine?
I know this Tutorial it's pretty good, but i dont find much infos about:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =

@FastSi
good idea with http://community.trendmicro.com/t5/Malware-Discussions/bd-p/malware .
Are you sure this has something to do with addon toolbars? Has this nothing to do with Internet Explorer Links folder with the Favorites?
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optomaCommented:
Hi Awawada.
Been a while. All is fine, thankfully as ever! :)


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awawadaAuthor Commented:
Thanks Friends!
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